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Irish Moss Smell?

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I'm getting ready to use this for the 1st time today and notice it smells a bit like a fish tank. Is that normal or did I pick up some that's extremely old? Sorry if this has been covered, I didn't have time to search.

Jimmy K:
Irish moss is actually algae. I've never smelled it, so I just found mine and stuck my nose in. It does smell like algae - which is similar to a fish tank (at least a fish tank with algae in it).

I use Irish moss all the time. I have never noticed the smell of the unused moss transferring into my beers. Don't worry about it.

I thought Irish moss was seaweed. not algae?

I forgot about it being algae. That's a huge help!

Jimmy K:
seaweed = algae


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